the IOBA/ABE Search

textlogoIndependent Online Bookseller Association members still have the opportunity to signup for IOBA’s book search program. Participation is limited to IOBA members in good standing who are listed on ABE.

The program will launch shortly after the first of the year. Customers will be able to access the search from IOBA’s homepage or from a member’s home page. The search function is being provided by the Advance Book Exchange (ABE) and will search IOBA members inventory on ABE. The search function will be identified as IOBA’s, not ABE’s. The only ABE identification will be an option at the end of the search to go to ABE if the customer wants more listings.

“This is one of the most exciting steps taken by IOBA,” said Sally Hollingsworth, IOBA acting president. “The ABE search will draw the public to the IOBA site and will be an important step in promoting our member booksellers. It is an excellent alternative to our own database for selling books.  Buyers will be assured of highest quality transactions and will be able to contact our Ethics committee if dissatisfied with their purchase.”

IOBA members may wish to explore the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association ( ) or the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association ( sites to see how the IOBA search function will work. While IOBA’s page will look slightly different, it will operate in the much the same fashion.

With the launch of the IOBA search function, the organization will also begin an advertising campaign in Firsts and other book collecting publications promoting our search function, IOBA’s membership and our ethical standards. The Firsts ads will be one-half page.

“Our advertising campaign is at the core of IOBA’s purpose”, said Jim Hart, president. “IOBA members have pledged to adhere to high ethical and professional standards and we want customers to know that IOBA membership is a badge of professionalism. Our advertising campaign is the first step in achieving that goal.”

IOBA members who have not yet joined the IOBA search function should send their firm name, ABE User ID and ABE password to Leonard Lanfranco, IOBA Public Relations Committee Chair ( before December 15 to be included. Members who have sent their information and are not on this list and who have sent in their information should contact Lanfranco immediately.

Members who have signed up so far include:

Anglophile Books
Authors & Artists
A Better Way
Ainsworth Books
B is for Book
The Book House
The Bookie Joint
Books from the Crypt
Canterbury Books
Columbia Books
Commonplace Books
Alyce Cresap, Books & Ephemera
Curio Corner Books
DaNa Books
Robert Erwin, Bookseller
The Gallagher Collection
RS Geer, Inc.
Estella Geller, Books
M.L. Granlund, Bookseller
Century Books
High Castle Books
Janus Books
Kaatterskill Books
Novel Shoppe
Poe’s Cousin
Parnassus on the Net
Published Page
Quill & Brush
Ravenroost Books
S&D Collections
Constance Sabo Bookseller
Stray Books
Tavistock Books
Tim’s Books
Volk & Iiams
Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

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